Ethan Varian

Staff Reporter (Retail, Nonprofits)

Ethan Varian is a Staff Reporter covering the finance, retail and nonprofit sectors.

Phone: 818-316-3130 Extension: 124

Recent Stories

IHOP Starts Online Apparel Store

In its latest in a series of unconventional branding campaigns, IHOP has debuted an online store where pancake enthusiasts can shop for IHOP-themed clothing and accessories.

Limoneira Appoints Executives From Leadership Team

Limoneira Co. has appointed four members of its management team to executive positions, the Santa Paula agribusiness company announced Friday.

MannKind Contract Yields Cash

MannKind Corp. climbed back from the brink of bankruptcy this year with a $105 million deal to develop a new lung disease treatment.

Saban to Take Panavision Public

The Valley could have a new high-profile public company with Saban Capital Acquisition Corp.’s purchase of camera company Panavision Inc. in Woodland Hills and Sim Video International Inc. in Toronto.

New Congresswoman’s Voice

Santa Clarita’s just-elected representative Katie Hill has positioned herself as a pro-business Democrat.

In a mid-term election that shifted the balance of power in the House of Representatives, Katie Hill became the first Democrat to win California’s 25th District congressional seat in more than two decades

Calabasas CPA Helps Clients Defer Capital Gains

Little-known trust strategy prompts the creation of a new firm.

The high capital gains taxes levied on business and real estate transactions in California often discourage owners from going through with a sale.

Khloe’s Shop Pops Up in a Glendale Mall

Holiday shoppers can keep up with Kardashian clothes.

Good American, a fashion line co-founded by television personality and entrepreneur Khloe Kardashian of Calabasas, has set up a pop-up shop at the Americana at Brand in Glendale through the holiday season.

Preview: New Congresswoman's Voice

Santa Clarita's newly elected representative Katie Hill has positioned herself as a pro-business Democrat.

Erika Endrijonas to Lead Pasadena City College

Los Angeles Valley College President Erika Endrijonas has been selected to lead Pasadena City College by the school’s board of trustees.

Avita Medical Raises $29 Million in Private Offering

Medical treatment company Avita Medical will raise $29 million through the sale of private shares to global institutional investors, the company announced Tuesday.

Kaiser Gives Half Million in Grants to Valley Area Nonprofits

Kaiser Permanente has pledged nearly a half million dollars in grants to Valley area nonprofits to expand community and mental health services.

Valley Business Alliance Sues to End PAGA

The California Business and Industrial Alliance has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the California Private Attorneys General Act, or PAGA.

Glendale to Impose Temporary Rent Freeze

The Glendale City Council on Monday approved a two-month rent freeze and directed city staff to prepare a “right to lease” ordinance that would impose new restrictions on landlords.

Salem Media Launches In-House Advertising Agency

Salem Media Group Inc. has launched an in-house advertising agency to sell ads on its 116 radio stations and websites, the Camarillo-based Christian and conservative media company announced Monday.

Good Year in Forecast for Season Sales

Holidays could give retailers 4.8 percent boost, per report.

Retailers should do well this holiday season.

Woolsey Fire: Sifting Ashes

RETAIL: Shop owners vow to weather downturn, rebuild.

Retail: FEMA, Insurers to Assist in Fire Recovery

Valley Givers Gather for Yearly Philanthropy Day

ORGANIZATIONS: Lunch honors donors and volunteers in region.

The Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized individual donors, volunteers and organizations at its National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov.15. at Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

Shaq Signs Advertising Deal With Calabasas Sleep Company

Zyppah Inc., a Calabasas company that makes mouthpieces and other devices for people who snore or suffer from sleep apnea, announced Monday that former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal will become a brand ambassador.

Jeff Bezos Gives $5 Million to L.A. Family Housing

Amazon Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos’ philanthropic fund has donated $5 million to North Hollywood nonprofit L.A. Family Housing.

ServiceTitan Recruits Former Netflix Executive as CFO

ServiceTitan announced Monday it has hired former Netflix Inc. executive David Burt as chief financial officer.

B. Riley to Acquire Majority Stake in New York Finance Company

B. Riley Financial Inc. has agreed to a $22.9 million deal that will give it a majority stake in New York financial services firm National Holdings Corp., the Woodland Hills company announced Monday.

Mythical Games Secures $16 Million Investment

Mythical Games, a video game producer in Sherman Oaks, has secured $16 million in Series A funding, the company announced Friday.

California Credit Union Launches Online Finance Platform

California Credit Union has launched a new platform that lets members manage their finances online, the Glendale institution announced Tuesday.

Takeda Poised for $62 Billion Takeover of Shire

Japanese drug maker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. has moved one step closer to acquiring a Thousand Oaks genetics laboratory owned by U.K.-based biopharmaceutical company Shire.

Amgen Pledges $750,000 to Fire and Mass Shooting Victims

Amgen Inc. has pledged a half-million dollars to help victims of the ongoing wildfires in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, the Thousand Oaks biotech company announced Monday.

At TicketManager, the Growth Show Goes On

TicketManager was founded in 2007 by a small team of former StubHub employees who saw that companies needed a better way to administer the event tickets they purchased to entertain clients and employees.

Sherwood Cares Shares Golf Proceeds in Conejo

Fundraising: Invesco QQQ Championship benefits 10 organizations.

Country club foundation shares golf proceeds.

Valley’s Olympic Park

Equestrian, shooting and water sports planned at temporary facilities in the Sepulveda Basin.

Valley economy may benefit from 2028 Olympics.

CEO Conveys Holiday Look In Capital

Volunteer appointment to decorate White House fulfills dream.

Print shop owner to help decorate White House.

For Gym, Franchising Is Low-Resistance Exercise

When Larry Nolan founded Hardcore Fitness Inc. in 2007, it didn’t seem poised to become one of the Valley area’s most popular independent gyms.

Preview: Olympic Competitions Coming to Valley in 2028

Regional profile, hospitality sector to benefit from Games.

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Report: Ventura County Economy Continues Slump

The Ventura County economy continued to decline last year due to rising housing prices that are pushing families out of the area.

New Chief Appointed for Logix

Logix Federal Credit Union announced Monday that Logix Chief Operating Officer Ana Fonseca will succeed Dave Styler as president and chief executive, who is retiring after 18 years at the helm.

Voters Agree with Business Groups on Ballot Issues

Local business associations cheered voters’ decisions Tuesday on a range of ballot measures impacting the Valley area’s public infrastructure and housing shortage.

CEO Posts Point to MGA Expansion in Australia

MGA Entertainment Inc. appears to be expanding into Australia, according to multiple LinkedIn posts by Chief Executive Isaac Larian.

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B. Riley Declares Special Dividend on Third Quarter Results

B. Riley Financial Inc. reported third-quarter net income of $2.8 million (10 cents a share), the Woodland Hills financial services announced Monday.

ASGN Wins $87 Million Army Contract

ASGN Inc. subsidiary ECS has won an $87 million contract from the U.S. Army to help manage payments and provide human recourses support.

Limoneira Launches Seasonal In-Store Marketing Campaigns

Limoneira Co. has launched two new seasonal packaging campaigns to nationwide retailers, the Santa Paula agribusiness company announced Tuesday.

IHOP Partners with Universal Pictures for Grinch-Themed Menu

IHOP has unveiled a holiday menu based on Universal Pictures’ new film “The Grinch,” the restaurant’s Glendale-based parent company Dine Brands Global Inc. announced Monday.

Shoppers Can Think Small at Boutique-Only Mall

REAL ESTATE: Eclectic mix of individual tenants at Valley Country Mart.

New stores open at Woodland Hills shopping center.

Cherokee Flips Strategy Amid Retail Reshuffle

APPAREL: Licensing model to contend with fickle fashions.

Cherokee returns to licensing model.

Walmart’s Net Strategy

TECHNOLOGY: Retailer offers quick pickup of online orders in Lancaster.

Walmart introduces pickup in Lancaster.

BizFed Expands Brand in State

NONPROFITS: Organization with Valley heritage heads north.

A lot of businesses use franchising to expand their reach but rarely has a nonprofit business association tried it – until now.

Preview: Cherokee Flips Strategy After Retail Disappointment

After two years of disappointing losses, apparel company Cherokee Inc. is doubling down on what made the business successful in the first place.

ASGN Shares Rise on Earnings Report

Shares of ASGN Inc. jumped nearly 13 percent Thursday after the Calabasas staffing company reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings of $49.2 million.

Avery Dennison Shares Fall on Earnings Report

Shares Avery Dennison Corp. fell nearly 5 percent Tuesday after the Glendale packaging and labeling company reported worse-than-expected quarterly earnings.

FDA Warns MannKind for ‘Misleading’ Facebook Post

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to MannKind Corp. for sharing a misleading post about the company’s drug Afrezza on its Facebook page.

Amgen Invests $66 million in U.K. Genetics Firm

Amgen Inc. has invested $66 million in United Kingdom-based gene analysis company Oxford Nanopore, the Thousand Oaks biotech announced Thursday.

ImmunoCellular Curtails Operations, Delists From NYSE

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd. has decided to voluntarily delist its shares from the New York Stock Exchange and to significantly curtail its operations, the Calabasas biotechnology firm announced Monday.

MannKind Shares Jump 16 Percent After Finalizing Research Deal

Shares of MannKind Corp. jumped more than 16 percent Tuesday after the Westlake Village biotech finalized a previously announced agreement with United Therapeutics Corp. to develop an inhalable drug to treat a form of hypertension.